After an absence of almost six decades, Tunisia was once more present at the Biennale di Venezia in 2017 and we were delighted in helping to make that happen.
Following an exploration into transnational movements and the utopia of a world without borders, the Tunisian pavilion was presented in an atypical fashion. Opting out of exhitbing artists’ work in a predetermined space, the contribution curated by Lina Lazaar, instead took on the form of an interactive action.
Split across three kiosks, looked after by nine young Tunisians who have been affected by migration, where so called ‘Freesas’ were issued, the performance was able to represent the spirit of the Biennale di Venezia, during which its host city Venice morphs into an outdoor amphitheatre seeking to represent - through a number of national pavilions - the world in miniature and as a place where human beings may move freely and unfettered from one nation to the next.
We took it upon ourselves to make visitors reflect on their own way of travelling and the paths they follow in this world, to evoke in them the desire to belong to a human community that seeks new possibilities to redraw borders and renegotiate outlines. In line with the desire to abolish frontiers and with a perspective that goes well beyond Venice, the reflection continues in an interactive online platform that introduces works by artists and intellectuals in a variety of forms ranging from essays to audio recordings. An edited selection of these contributions will at a later date be published as a follow-up catalogue of the project.
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